Acclaimed storytellers perform at library festival Nov. 18-19

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oct. 25, 2011 — Multnomah County Library welcomes three of the nation’s finest storytellers for the 12th annual Tapestry of Tales Storytelling Festival on Nov. 18 and 19: Len Cabral, Barbara McBride-Smith and Kim Weitkamp. Neighborhood libraries are also packed with performances by local storytellers through the end of November.

Len Cabral, the great grandson of a Cape Verdean whaler, has been enchanting audiences since 1976 with his exuberant retelling of African, Cape Verdean and Caribbean folktales, as well as original tales from around the world. Barbara McBride-Smith transports you from the ancient world of Greek gods and goddesses to the post-modern experience of her Baby Boomer generation, and interprets it all with a Texas-born cheerleader’s perspective. Kim Weitkamp’s impeccable comedic timing, perfectly woven stories and velvet voice provide a “hear a pin drop” performance peppered with moments of raucous laughter.

On Friday, Nov. 18, Len Cabral weaves a magical tapestry of tales with “Fix’n to Tell” a special solo performance at the North Star Ballroom (635 N Killingsworth Ct., Portland), recommended for teens and adults. Tickets are $10 at the door. Doors open at 6:30 pm; the show starts at 7 pm.

All three storytellers will perform family matinees (ages 5 and up) at various neighborhood libraries on Saturday, Nov. 19. Space at matinees is limited; free tickets for seating will be available 30 minutes prior to each program. Matinee shows are at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm.

The storytellers will also perform at Tellabration (ages 10 and up) at the First Unitarian Church (1011 SW 12th Ave., Portland) on Saturday evening, Nov. 19 at 7 pm. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Tellabration will have sign language interpreters.

The storytellers will also perform for thousands of students from eight Multnomah County schools: Alder Elementary, César Chávez School, Community Transitional School, Corbett Grade School, Hollydale Elementary, Parkrose Middle School, Peninsula School, and Roosevelt High School.

The ancient art of storytelling inspires our imaginations, unifies us across cultures and generations, and informs our common humanity. We all have a story to tell!